My name is Sjierly Pereira and I am the founder and Country Director of Schooling for Life. During my study Pedagogical Science, I became very interested in post-conflict countries and especially the influence such situations have on the development of children. For my Master Children’s Rights, I chose to go to Sierra Leone to research the future perspectives of youth there. The experience was even more impressive than I could have hoped and I fell in love with the country and the people.
I have always felt that it shouldn’t matter where you are born to be able to have an equal opportunity to fulfil your potential. I am a great proponent of equal rights and opportunities, and I feel the desire to help people to get what they deserve. Especially if they are trying but external factors are working against them. That is why I set up Schooling for Life: many youth I met in Sierra Leone were greatly inspiring; hardworking, full of ambition but without the means and guidance to fulfil their dreams. Schooling for Life will not only help youth fulfil their dreams, ambitions and potential but hopefully create a domino effect of knowledge and development.